State sets Sept. 10 for primaries
The state Board of Elections has set Sept. 10 as the primary date in New York.
In Livingston County, at least one primary is expected in the Republican Party, where two candidates have declared their intent to seek election for the office of sheriff.
The candidates — Sheriff’s Investigator Thomas Dougherty and Undersheriff James M. Szczesniak — must first gather enough names on designating petitions to secure a place on the primary ballot.
Candidates can begin collecting names on designating petitions on June 4. The petitions must be filed between July 8 and 11.
To be on the ballot for the Republican Primary Doughtery and Szczesniak must each gather a minimum of 825 signatures, or 5 percent of the registered Republicans in the county. There are 16,494 Republicans registered in Livingston County, according to Republican Election Commissioner Nancy L. Leven.
The petitions will be reviewed, and candidates can challenge the validity of names until July 15. If, after a challenge, additional names are needed to meet the signature requirement candidates have until July 19 to meet the requirement, according to the state Board of Elections’ political calendar.
The sheriff candidates will likely have to circulate the petitions on their own as the county Republican Committee, which meets May 15, is not expected to designate a candidate for their support. The executive committee of the Republican Committee met with the candidates last month and after Dougherty and Sczcesniak said they both intended to campaign to the primary regardless of a party endorsement, the executive committee decided it would not endorse a candidate and leave it to the primary.
There is still a possibility that the Republican Committee could endorse when the full committee meets, but that was unlikely to happen, according to Chairman Lowell Conrad.
To be eligible to vote in the primary, voters need to be registered by Aug. 16. Mail registrations need to be postmarked by Aug. 16 and received by the board of elections by Aug. 21. Notices of change of address from registered voters must be received by Aug. 21 at the county board of elections.
Absentee ballots need to be requested by Sept. 3, if making the request by mail, and Sept. 9 to apply in person for the ballot. Completed ballots must be postmarked by Sept. 9 and received by the county board of elections by Sept. 17, or delivered in person by Sept. 10.
For the general election, mail requests for an absentee ballot are due Oct. 29. The last day to apply in person for an absentee ballot is Nov. 4. Completed ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 4, and received by the county board of elections by Nov. 12, or delivered in person by Nov. 5.
Other key election dates:
- Aug. 5: Primary ballot is certified by the state Board of Elections.
- Aug. 13 to 20: Dates for filing independent nominating petitions. The number of signatures varies depending on the level of office sought.
- Aug. 23: Last day to accept of decline nominations among independent candidates.
- Sept. 17: Last day for filing nominations made at a town or village caucus or by a party committee. It’s also the last day to file certificates of nomination to fill a vacancy.
- Sept. 20: Last day to accept or decline a nomination.
- Sept. 23: Last day to file authorization of nomination.
- Sept. 24: Last day to fill a vacancy after a declination.
- Oct. 11: The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the general election. Mail applications must be postmarked by Oct. 11 and received by the board of election by Oct. 16. Voters who have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since Oct. 11 have until Oct. 25 to register in person at the board of elections.
- Oct. 16: Change of address notices from registered voters are due at the county board of elections.
- Nov. 5: General election.